Brockwell couple keeps sheriff’s office occupied

March 15, 2011 MELBOURNE — A Brockwell couple was arrested last week on warrants for failure to pay fines, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Richard E. Harshaw, 43, was arrested March 7 and released from the Izard County jail the following day after posting a $545 cash bond. Lisa Harshaw, 35, was taken into custody two days later, posted a $545 bond the same day and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.

Trash bill exemptions approved

March 15, 2011 Don’t want the county to pick up your trash, or pay it to do so?Independence County now has a list of exemptions for solid waste.Monday night, the quorum court approved a resolution amending the solid waste guidelines to allow for certain exemptions such as if someone was in such a remote area the county cannot access them, or if the resident is paying another service (with proof of payment). Other exemptions include:• vacant land; • unoccupied residences for the entire year; •  multiple tenancies;

Cave City man faces multiple drug charges

March 15, 2011 ASH FLAT — A traffic stop in Sharp County on Sunday led to the filing of two felony and one misdemeanor drug charges against a Cave City man who was already wanted for parole violation, Sheriff Mark Counts said this morning on the sheriff’s department’s website.Counts said Deputy Trent Bradley stopped a tan Chevrolet Blazer being driven by Tyson Teague Bowers, 31, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for probation violation out of Independence County.Bradley arrested Bowers and then spoke to the passenger, Delilah Bowers.

Redistricting topic at meeting

March 15, 2011 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at noon Wednesday downstairs at the county courthouse to discuss redistricting.

Drywall class offered for Habitat volunteers

March 15, 2011 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County is almost ready to begin putting up drywall.Local contractor Scott Henley will give a drywall “mini class” for volunteers (and anyone who wishes to learn how to put up drywall properly) at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Habitat house, located at 415 W. Ferrell (follow the signs from North Central Avenue in Batesville). Construction continues on the house, which is the chapter’s second. Lunch is provided each Saturday.For more information, call Paul Holifield at (870) 793-4179.

Drug-related arrests made on county road near Lynn

March 15, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A traffic stop Sunday on Lawrence County Road 280 near Lynn netted a woman wanted in Memphis on a felony drug warrant and a local man who thought a deputy might overlook the drugs in his pocket, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.The deputy arrested 52-year-old John William Walley of Lynn for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).

Master Gardeners will host tulip sale on Saturday

March 15, 2011 An Independence County Master Gardeners Potted Tulip Sale will be from 8 a.m. Saturday until noon or until the plants are gone, at the Cooperative Extension Office at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville, said Susan Shawver, spokeswoman.The sale had to be scheduled quickly because tulips are beginning to set buds, she said.“The sale will include the beautiful Darwin tulips and a small variety of other bulbs” she said. “All bulbs are already potted and most have blooms forming and are ready to open. Bulbs may be enjoyed in the pots or replanted in the ground.

County to support domestic program

March 15, 2011 Independence County plans to pick up the tab for a domestic violence officer currently funded through a state grant, and instead of trying to renewing that grant, seek federal funding instead.Sgt. Mike Mundy with the sheriff’s office made the request Monday night, telling the Independence County Quorum Court that in January 2001 the county received a grant from the Department of Finance and Administration for domestic violence. The grant funded four officers and two vehicles, with the county providing the other two.

Young students learn career options

March 15, 2011 CAVE CITY — Shades of “The Nutcracker!” A make-believe museum exhibit came to life at Cave City Elementary School recently to teach youngsters about career choices they can make.“It’s a careers exhibit coming to life and telling about their careers,” counselor Teresa Elkins said.Along with the “Watkins Museum” props coming to life, the elementary career day also featured the “Elkins Career Parade” of first- through fourth-graders who either dressed in career-specific garb or carried poster boards touting particular careers.

Music in the Mountains ready for live broadcast

March 15, 2011 HORSESHOE BEND — The monthly Music in the Mountains show will return to the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Horseshoe Bend Theatre. This month’s show will play to some very special guests: KSAR 92.3 FM listeners, as the show will be performed as a “live” broadcast.The Hwy 289 Band will welcome their friend David Sherrell, who will perform as guest band member, singing many country favorites.